Renowned international artist David Mach RA has been announced as chair of the selection panel for the new Kingston Sculpture Trail, set to open this summer. Creator of Kingston’s iconic tumbling red phone box sculpture ‘Out of Order’ on Old London Road, David Mach is one of the UK’s most successful and respected artists, known for his dynamic and imaginative large scale collages, sculptures and installations.
The selection panel, which will also include two local students, will together decide on the six winning artist entries that will be part of the trail. Artists from Kingston and beyond are currently being invited to submit ideas for a contemporary sculpture, with the closing date for entries at 5pm on Friday 30 April. Find out more about the trail and how to get involved or submit ideas here.
David Mach RA, said:
“Normally on the other side of a selection panel, I’m very excited to be one of the judges for the Sculpture Trail. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun picking out a new artwork for the town. Let’s thank Kingston for being so forward thinking and the partnership that’s providing this opportunity. It’s a tradition now in Kingston to have art in public places and this is a great way to carry that on.”
Ian Thomas, Chief Executive of Kingston Council said:
“On behalf of the borough I am absolutely delighted to welcome David Mach RA back to Kingston to chair the selection of new artworks for the town centre. David’s presence shines a light on the value of public art and the creative sector’s ability to bring artists, communities and businesses together to collaborate and support the renewal of our high streets and public spaces. The project will benefit residents and visitors alike, building new experiences that will create a real impact in Kingston and be enjoyed by future generations.”
Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive of Kingston First said:
“It’s fantastic to have David Mach RA chairing our Kingston Sculpture Trail selection panel all these years after the iconic ‘Out of Order’ telephone boxes were first installed, and shows how important, meaningful and long-lasting public artwork is to town centres. One of the six pieces selected by the panel, which will include two local young people, will have the opportunity to become a permanent fixture in the town centre enjoyed by generations to come.”
Paul Stafford, elected member of The Royal Society of Sculptors and Honorary Fellow of Kingston University said:
“As a young artist myself I was bowled over by his work, which continues to be innovative, original and challenging. How fortunate we are to have David Mach RA as chair of our Kingston Sculpture Trail selection committee, the result of which will surely be the placing of some wondrous objects around our town centre.”